She has been a Christian for more than half her life. She goes to Carey Baptist where she is one of three registrars.
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Season for Miracles, my first novel was released on Nov 5th. Saving Christmas, my second, doesn’t have a release date yet, but probably before the end of the year.
Season for Miracles
A Killer lurks in Headley Cross…
…And Holly Carmichael is the only woman to survive his attack. Now she lives in fear, searching for normalcy and trying to put her life back together. When she meets Kyle Stevens, he turns her world upside-down. He’s as exasperating as he is appealing. How can Holly make sense of her awakening feelings when she’s so unsure of Kyle? His voice is familiar, he’s left-handed, and he wears the serial killer’s cologne. Who is he…really? As Holly struggles to restore her damaged faith, she must find the strength to trust once again—in Kyle and in God.
Kyle Stevens isn’t ready to live again. Racked by guilt, he’s afraid to feel. His sole focus is finding the Headley Cross serial killer—his girlfriend's murderer. That is, until he meets Holly Carmichael. He’s drawn to Holly, vows to protect her where he failed to protect his former love. But Holly makes him feel again, emotions quickly morphing into something much more dangerous to his hardened heart.
When the serial killer returns to finish what he started, only a miracle can save them…but then, it's the Season for Miracles.
Rather than do the expected thing, Christmas Daniels, pursued a high powered career in London, flying across the world, never being home long enough for anything. When her father is taken ill, she returns to Hollies Christmas Emporium, an all year round Christmas shop to run it in his absence.
Matt Pringle, store artist and accountant, doesn't make a good impression on his new boss when he accuses her of stealing his parking space. Wanting to make up for it, he tries to impress her, but ends up falling for her instead.
When the store is threatened with closure, Christmas, who insists on being called Chrissie, sacrifices everything to try to save it. A committed Christian, Matt knows that Chrissie needs saving just as much. Will their growing attraction help Matt save Christmas before it’s too late?
My books can be found here - http://www.whiterosepublishing.com/Clare-Revell-1?osCsid=c96e6a1b1dbfd6b61658c0312e7840c3
Why did you become a writer…was it a dream of yours since you were younger or did the desire to write happen later in your life?
I have always wanted to be a published author. I loved writing from a very early age, going from rewriting Little Red Riding Hood every single English lesson, through fan fiction and finally to my own original work. If I don’t write, my mind just drives me nuts. The characters won’t let me rest until their story is told.
Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?
Totally made up. I always cast my stories though. Once I have a basic idea of what they look like, I find actors/actresses who look similar, but I don’t base them on anyone in particular. The town they live in, however, is the one I live in, I just gave it a new name and renamed the streets and so on.
Are you currently working on any new book projects?
I’m about to start nanowrimo (Nov 1-30th) – but always have more ideas than time to write. I’m in the process of sending a requested resubmission back, (just rechecking the edits) and I have another sitting in my finished and need a break from folder.
Do you have any advice for beginning writers on how to write a book? Do you have any advice for them regarding promoting that book once published?
Write a little every day. I write 6 days a week and don’t write on Sundays. That works for me. Don’t give up. When the rejections come, and they will and still do, just set writing aside for a day or two, then look back over the rejection. Does it give any indication of where you didn’t meet their guidelines? Can you fix it? Do they ask to see it again once you’ve changed things? If they do, then go for it.
Promotion wise – blog tours are a good idea. Bookmarks to send out with Christmas Cards. Set up a website.
What’s your writing schedule like? When do you find time to write?
I don’t sleep much so have plenty of time to procrastinate…or write. I work in a school from 7:30am – 9am doing the breakfast club. So by the time I get home, I have 3 hours before my kids get in from school. This gives me peace to write, in between a load of laundry and preparing tea.
Do you have any writing idiosyncrasies?
The first draft of anything, maybe nano excepted, is done long hand. It has to be a very sharp pencil – the propelling kind with a rubber on the end (that’s probably an eraser in the US) – and narrow feint A4 paper. Nothing else will do.
How have your friends and family received your career as an author? Are they supportive?
Hubby is convinced I’m going to make millions and he can give up work. I don’t think so somehow. They don’t seem to mind. “Mummy…when you finish your sentence, please can I have…” is the common phrase in our house now.
What’s the most challenging aspect of writing for you? ~ POV issues; using too much passive voice and not enough active voice; trouble creating active and engaging dialogue; using too many similar words in starting sentences; or something else?
Learning grammar and spelling all over again. Working for a US publisher, means my UK spelling looks as if I can’t spell. Especially with pyjamas, harbour, favour, apologise, recognise… oh you should see the red lines that just appeared on this paper. Other than that, POV I overcome by working in two colours one for the hero and one for the heroine. Passive voice…I have set word to underline passive voice so I can pick up on it and edit accordingly.